Sources directly inside the courtroom just informed me that Daniel Rak was found not guilty on the most serious counts. And that was after a mere four hours of deliberations!
I have to tell ya, though this case reeked of reasonable doubt, Kane County Public Defender Kelli Childress was fucking brilliant today – and I don’t apply that term lightly. (Brilliant not fucking – I use “fucking” all the time!)
Her destruction of Kane County forensic pathologist James Filkins was an amazing thing to watch, and for someone who did her best to lose the jury early on, Childress’ closing statement was one for the ages. Being in that courtroom today was like saying you were at Wrigley Field for Ruth’s called shot.
We will delve far more deeply into Ms. Childress’ closing statement tomorrow.
But my elation over the fact that justice was finally served is severely tempered by the fact that a man sat in jail for a year-and-a-half on charges that never should’ve been filed. And the rapidity with which the jurors came to their verdict is all the proof any of us really need.
As I’ve been saying for the past six months, the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office is completely out of control. State’s Attorney Joe McMahon is far more concerned with advancing his career than actually serving the people who elected him and he’s let the inmates run the asylum.
Considering this abject debacle, I’m calling on Joe McMahon, Joe Cullen and Alex Bederka to do the right thing and resign. This entire charge ’em all and let the judge and jury sort ’em out mentality cannot stand. That isn’t justice. The Kane County taxpayers deserve far better than this.
But for the efforts of a courageous public defender who could make four times the money in private practice, Daniel Rak might be facing 60 years in jail.
Ms. Childress, you have my undying admiration. These days, the good guys and gals are few and far between. But you are most certainly one of the best. I would encourage you to keep up the good work.